UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Myrtle Cottage -Fisherman's cottage in the heart of Mevagissey

Dating back to the 18th Century, Myrtle Cottage is a beautiful traditional Fisherman's Cottage. Tucked away in a pretty cobbled courtyard, the cottage lies at the heart of Mevagissey, a delightful unspoilt fishing village steeped in history. Refu...

Paradise Walk (IVY LETTINGS). Fully managed, free wi-fi, discounts available

For an instant online quote and offers of up to £100 off your booking please visit: www.ivylettings.com/par Material worthy of a storybook, Paradise Walk awaits secluded in a salubrious part of London with the tranquillity of the Thames on one si...

Loch fronted holiday cottage in the Highlands of Scotland with hot tub

Offering spectacular views across Loch Tay towards the magnificent Ben Lawers, Ardeonaig Lodge is nestled within an acre of beautiful natural grounds, with private hot tub, shore and harbour. Sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms, the lodge offe...

Beautiful romantic holiday cottage in Highland Estate with hot tub

The Bothy is located within the grounds of the 40 acre Highland estate of Craggantoul with rolling meadows, orchards, duck pond, ancient oak forest with winding trails down to Loch Tay, where we have fishing rights for trout. The newly refurbishe...

Beautiful converted steading in Scottish Highlands with hot tub

Tucked away in the Highland estate of Craggantoul, Sam's Cottage is a charming holiday cottage offering panoramic views over Loch Tay and the surrounding woodland. The luxurious one bedroom property sits at the foot of mighty Ben Lawers, the te...

Luxury log cabin with private hot tub and stunning views over Loch Tay

The newly refurbished Oak Cottage is a luxury retreat for four people with sensational views over Loch Tay and the surrounding meadows and woodlands. The cottage is furnished luxuriously and has a modern kitchen with everything you need on a se...

Peaceful Rural Location Near To Sea And Moors

Our cottages are attached single storey stone barn conversions in private enclosed gardens. They are ideally situated for an extensive range of attractions and activities including surfing on the popular beaches of Bude and Crackington Haven; walk...

Brand New 3 Bedroom Cottage Only 5 Mins Walk To The Beach

Situated on the edge of the atmospheric sheep studded Romney Marsh and just a few minutes walk from the beautiful Camber Sands, Anglers Rest is the perfect place from which to explore the diverse natural landscapes and historic attractions in this...

Character Filled Cotswold Stone Property, In Glorious Village Of Guiting Power

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE: HOMEAWAY, OWNERS DIRECT AND VRBO SUGGEST NIGHTLY RATES ARE AVAILABLE, BY USING THE CALCULATOR WIDGET. THIS IS NOT TRUE! OUR WEEKS, MID-WEEKS AND WEEKENDS ARE SOLD AS FIXED PRICE BOOKING SLOTS (SEE THE NOTES TO THE RENTAL...

Beautiful Period Cottage, With Courtyard Garden, In Picturesque Stow-On-The-Wold

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER NOTICE: HOMEAWAY, OWNERS DIRECT AND VRBO SUGGEST NIGHTLY RATES ARE AVAILABLE, BY USING THE CALCULATOR WIDGET. THIS IS NOT TRUE! OUR WEEKS, MID-WEEKS AND WEEKENDS ARE SOLD AS FIXED PRICE BOOKING SLOTS (SEE THE NOTES TO THE RENTAL...
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